Last Updated: 01-01-2019

10 Best Cheap Coffee Tables

Coffee tables don’t just bring a room together with the help of a centrepiece; they can also be incredibly practical, whether you are entertaining or tucked up on the sofa all by yourself and don’t want to reach too far for the crisps.


If you are tempted by one, but don’t have a big budget to stretch to or don’t see the point of spending hundreds of pounds on one, don’t think you will end up with something you hate or that doesn’t do the full job.


All of the following coffee tables are under £50, but are still great at their job and will bring some extra space and a focal point to your room.


The Best Cheap Coffee Machines

Argos Home Coffee Table


  • Dimensions: H45 x W90 x D45cm
  • Material: Veneer
  • Colours Available: Black, White, Oak

If you are looking for a simple coffee table for your living space or study which is affordable without reducing the quality, then this offering is perfect.

It is a good size, with plenty of area on which to set all your cups and glasses, and even a bowl of sweets as you settle down to watch a film for the night. Talking of films, it could also work with a small TV or some shelving for a gaming system/set-top boxes.

There isn’t much assembling, as all you need to do is screw the legs on to the top. This is quite thick and sturdy enough for all those day to day tasks, and it will hold up to 30kg at any one time.

There isn’t any extra storage or shelving, but if you simply want a bit of space to keep all of the mugs off the floor where they are always getting knocked over, then it does the trick. The reason it is our top pick is because it looks a lot more expensive than it is, and is a generous size despite only offering one level of storage.

Reasons to Buy

  • Colour choice
  • Lightweight

Reasons to Avoid

  • Can be a bit unstable

Verona Coffee Table


  • Dimensions: H41.5 x W80 x D39.5cm
  • Material: MDF
  • Colours Available: Light Wood, Dark Wood

Sometimes, a simple table with one surface isn’t quite enough. Having a bonus under-shelf gives you somewhere to keep all of those TV magazines and crossword books, or even a little storage box for your chargers and spare remotes which you would usually misplace otherwise.

The Verona coffee table is still a fab price, but with a bit of extra possibility. An exposed look keeps it minimalistic and makes it perfect for small spaces as it won’t look too cluttering and will still give the illusion of space.

With tubing support for the legs, the table is strong yet has a modern touch thanks to the contrast in colours. The legs are white on the lighter shade, and with the dark they are black.

Reasons to Buy

  • Two shelves
  • Light or dark wood

Reasons to Avoid

  • Plastic legs

Furinno Simple Design Coffee Table


  • Dimensions: 87.63 x 54.61 x 41.4cm
  • Material: Composite Wood
  • Colours Available: French Oak Grey/Black, Espresso

This stylish, basic coffee table is ideal if you are after something which is spacious yet minimalistic. There is an under-shelf to offer a bit of extra storage, and for something a bit different and creative, the top is also slightly larger and broader than the general build of the table.

This gives you a bit more room on each side for when you are entertaining and there are a few more glasses to accommodate, as well as hiding the bottom shelf a bit more efficiently. The shape is slightly angular, which gives it a different touch to all of the rectangular, quite harsh designs of a lot of the other coffee tables on the market.

The legs fit in with this shape too; they are quite thin and angled at 45 degree turns, without compromising on sturdiness. Whatever colour and decor your living space, one of the two colours on offer should fit it all perfectly.

Reasons to Buy

  • Colour options
  • Design

Reasons to Avoid

  • Small

Homfa Coffee Table


  • Dimensions: 90 x 54 x 43cm
  • Material: Particle Board/MDF
  • Colours Available: Oak/White

You still want the option of an extra shelf along with the usual top surface of the table, but your living space requires something a bit different design-wise.

This modern Homfa table has the usual two storeys of space but comes in a more discreet and blanked-off look. Any magazines or books stored on the under-shelf will be tucked away out of view from the side, so if things get a bit messy, it won’t affect the look of your room.

The contrast in the white and black is simplistic and clean-cut without going overboard. Construction feels sturdy enough not to let you down when you need it the most, and it just needs a bit of a wipe down to clean.

Reasons to Buy

  • Plenty of storage

Reasons to Avoid

  • One colour choice available

Furniture To Go Coffee Table/TV Stand Unit


  • Dimensions: W50 x D40 x H40cm
  • Material: Melamine
  • Colours Available: Oak

Whether you want something a little bit different and less angular, or you have little ones running about and are conscious about sharp corners, rounded edge styles are ideal.

This particular model fits the bill, and there is a shelf underneath for a bit of extra storage too. Size-wise, it is not as long as the majority of coffee tables on the market which are around 100 cm, so it is ideal for any small living areas, but there is a larger version available too if you want to make the most of your spare space.

The laminated surface should keep you relatively safe from possible damage from any spills or hot drinks, but we would still always recommend using coasters of course.

Reasons to Buy

  • Easy to assemble
  • Shelf addition

Reasons to Avoid

  • Easy to mark with drinks/cups

Cubes 1 Shelf Coffee Table


  • Dimensions: H30 x W80 x D40cm
  • Material: Particle Board
  • Colours Available: White, Black Ash, Oak Effect

Shorter in height than a lot of other coffee tables available, this Cubes model would make a great addition to any small spaces where taller options can seem to crowd the space.

The ‘Cubes’ name describes it perfectly; rather than being a separate top and shelf design, it is a bit like a box with the lower storage all contained within an outer casing. Perfect for anyone who wants everything tucked away and not visible to anyone who comes into the room. The space on the top is still generous enough to keep all of your cups of tea and snacks safe though.

There is a full Cubes range which also features a TV stand and sideboard etc., so if you are after several pieces of furniture for a bit of a decor overhaul, it is an ideal option.

Reasons to Buy

  • Design is a bit different
  • Choice of colours

Reasons to Avoid

  • Small so check dimensions

HOMCOM Wooden Coffee Table


  • Dimensions: W100 x D50 x H43cm
  • Material: MDF, Pine, Metal
  • Colours Available: Pine/White

Retro, Scandi designs often come at a premium price. But if you’re after something simple and stripped back, which is more focused on design and looks than high price tags, then this white and pine option is the one.

It features three open storage areas, but the middle one can house a dark grey coloured drawer if this is more suited to your needs, to accommodate smaller items you need to keep tucked away. The pine legs have metal elements to add to their strength and durability and help to keep everything lifted off the ground for a more minimalistic and clean look.

Reasons to Buy

  • Storage opportunities
  • Very modern looking

Reasons to Avoid

  • Difficult to assemble so it isn’t wobbly

Matrix Coffee Table


  • Dimensions: H45 x W100 x D50cm
  • Material: Glass, Chrome
  • Colours Available: Clear Glass, Black

If you want an affordable, basic glass coffee table on a low budget, then the Matrix is an ideal centrepiece and the best cheap glass table we found.

There aren’t only two surfaces for extra flexible storage possibilities, but the glass gives it a clean and up-to-date look too. It is available in both clear and black options, whether you need something to help the room look a bit bigger and more modern or a dark feature for what is otherwise a bright and airy room.

As it is glass, you will need to stay on top of keeping it clean and protecting it from spills/heat, but if you do, it is strong enough to last you for years.

Reasons to Buy

  • Tow designs available
  • Easy to assemble

Reasons to Avoid

  • Glass would be easy to mark

Maine Coffee Table


  • Dimensions: H45 x W80 x D40cm
  • Material: MDF
  • Colours Available: White, Beech, Black, Grey, Walnut, Oak

Available in a generous six colours, this cubic designed coffee table is a perfect choice for anybody, no matter the look you are after or what exactly the table will be used for.

There is an inner shelf for anything you want tucked away yet within easy reach, and the upper surface is generous enough to keep all your glasses and plates safe. It sits completely flush to the ground in a cube design, so there are no legs as such, meaning it all feels quite sturdy and substantial for even the busiest of households.

This also makes it easy to assemble and keep clean with no difficult corners or fiddly components.

Reasons to Buy

  • Strong
  • Simple to build

Reasons to Avoid

  • Scratches easily

Ikea Lack Coffee Table


  • Dimensions: L90 x H45 x W55cm
  • Material: Composite Wood/Veneer
  • Colours Available: Black/Brown

Ikea’s Lack range has built up a bit of a cult following over the years with people on the search for budget-friendly, minimalistic yet reliable furniture.

There is a shelf underneath to offer some extra storage, and despite this, it is all easy to put together. It is lightweight too, so if you are after a table which will occasionally have to travel around the room, it should be up to the task.

If you need a hard-wearing coffee table which can withstand quite a bit of weight, it may not be the ideal choice. The under-shelf is quite thin and can bend if there is too much put on it, but for a few magazines, there should be no problem.

Reasons to Buy

  • Simple to build

Reasons to Avoid

  • Chips and marks easily

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